Learn the basics about your car accident injury case
Car Accident Injury Information
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Maryland Car Accident Injury Cases
If you have been injured in an automobile accident, you may be entitled under Maryland law to collect financial compensation. It is important that you know and understand your legal rights so that they are not forfeited or misapplied.
In order to be eligible for a financial award, the plaintiff (victim) must have been injured by another driver who was at fault. Proving fault is not always an easy undertaking, and therefore requires the professional assistance of an experienced Maryland car accident lawyer.
Who is legally at fault for causing the auto accident?
Liability refers to who is legally at fault for causing the accident as a result of negligence. If the ruling is “you” to any extent (“contributory negligence”) then you will not be entitled to financial compensation under Maryland law.
In instances where the evidence is concrete, the other driver’s insurer might concede fault. In most instances, however, fault will be contested. As you can imagine this can be a complex dispute and is best handled by your Maryland accident lawyer.
How much financial compensation can you get?
In car accident cases, injuries and losses are called “damages” or “specials” which can be recovered via a jury verdict, a judge’s ruling or a settlement. In Maryland, an accident victim can recover damages related to four general categories:
- Medical expenses,
- Property damages,
- Value of time missed from work called “lost wages,” and
- “Pain and suffering”
Determining medical, property and employment damages can be relatively straightforward using receipts and documentation. Determining the monetary equivalent for “pain and suffering,” also known as intangible losses, is a much more complex and challenging undertaking.
Even if all “economic” damages were recouped, the accident victim is still faced with “non-economic” losses, i.e., the impact that the accident and injuries had on his or her life, past, present and future. Creating justification for the financial equivalent of these losses is an integral part of the case, and once again should be undertaken by an experienced car accident personal injury attorney.
why a driver or rider might be deemed at-fault:
- Driving under the influence
- Failing to stop or yield
- "Tailing," or following too closely
- Unlawful, or unsafe turns
- Not paying attention
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There are time limitations on your right to file a car accident injury lawsuit. These limitations are called “statutes of limitations,” and if they are not met the claimant/victim would be solely responsible for any medical bills, lost wages, and future medical expenses that result from the accident.
- if you are eligible for financial compensation,
- an estimate of your potential financial recovery, and
- how long you have to file your claim or settle your claim